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Auschwitz 2016

Adina Ciment | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Adina Ciment

My daughter, who is studying abroad for the year, recently returned from a trip to Poland. It was part of the year program she is on and so prior to going she spent some time learning about the Jewish history of the areas she was going to visit, the life that was there both before and during World War II.

Escape to Poland: In the Dark, Ep. 5

Robin Rodig | Posted 03.21.2016 | Travel
Robin Rodig

The pitch black outside that continually forces you to refocus your gaze. The roar, the screeching of the brakes that begin long before the next stop....

WATCH: Amid Oscars' Glitter, a Film Grim with Wrenching Reality

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.24.2016 | Media
David Tereshchuk

Though never exactly a yoooge attention-getter, the Best Foreign Language category in this weekend's Oscar shindig contains as often some very powerful cinema among its five nominees.

Why The Srebrenica Massacre Must Be Recognized As A Genocide

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

I cannot in good conscience mourn my brother as a victim of genocide unless I similarly mourn all other victims of genocide, including the victims at Srebrenica.

One Shoe Off

Nicki Gilbert | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Nicki Gilbert

Although only a few months old, they are scuffed and well-worn. Their white soles already marked from climbing trees and exploring parks, playgrounds and backyards. They are I'm-a-big-kid-now shoes, full of adventure, potential, growth and a future of life and possibility.

Preserving Auschwitz

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Auschwitz should never have existed, so why are we so keen to cling onto it? Would it not be reasonable to scrub it from the landscape, remove the very thought of what it represents from our minds, recognize it as the cemetery it is, then grass it over and leave the dead to rest in peace?

Anti-Semitism is a Genocidal Killer

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Stephen D. Smith

Auschwitz is a lesson for humanity, a warning to the civilized world, a demonstration of where prejudice and stereotyping can lead. But for all of our search for universal meaning, there is a deafening silence about the real lesson to come out of Auschwitz.

A Dawn Follows Even the Darkest of Nights

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Menachem Rosensaft

The resilience of the survivors upon emerging from the Nazi death camps and other sites of persecution and oppression and their ability to not just rebuild their lives but teach their children and grandchildren by example to continue to have faith in humankind is evidence, to me at least, that a dawn follows even the darkest of nights.

The New York Times Dedicated Just Three Sentences To The Liberation Of Auschwitz

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet troops moved through the town of Oswiecim, Poland, and liberated the concentration camp complex of Auschwitz. In the weeks be...

Auschwitz Survivor: Being Alive Is The Best ‘Revenge'

USA Today | Michele Chabin | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

TEL AVIV, Israel Shortly after the Nazi invasion of what was then Hungary in May 1944, Renee Ganz’s family and most of the 25,000 Jews in the city o...

Shocking Family Secrets from W.W. II

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Though I had said Kaddish for my father's father at Bergen Belsen, where I had always assumed he died because my father and his sister had been prisoners there, I discovered that he had actually been a prisoner at Auschwitz. Why had my father never told me?

Tomorrow the World Will Be Listening to the Voices of Auschwitz

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Dorian de Wind

Vanessa Gera at the Associated Press observes, that, a decade ago, on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark that occasion. But, she says, "On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s."

Hungarians Must Share the Blame for the Holocaust

András Simonyi | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
András Simonyi

Undeniably, in the last 20 or so years, some -- but hardly enough -- efforts have been made in Hungary to look into the past and acknowledge the facts: the Hungarian Holocaust was the result of long years of anti-Semitic and discriminatory policies.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: The Technology of Death

Shelly Palmer | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Shelly Palmer

What motivated men to do this? This is worse than hate, worse than fear, worse than greed or jealousy or anything else I have ever felt. I don't know how you could justify killing anyone, so I cannot even imagine what inspires a nation to conceive of, fabricate, operationalize and use a killing factory.

'I Had to See That I Didn't Come From a Black Hole'

Lilly Maier | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Lilly Maier

Esther Starobin was born in Adelsheim, Germany, in 1937. Her parents were among the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Starobin, her three sisters and her brother survived because their parents were able to send them to safety in time.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Why am I telling you all this? Perhaps it is a form of personal catharsis, atonement if you will, for never having taken the time or made the effort to learn more about Jewish history and culture, about the Jewish religion, and about the Jewish suffering.

Ostracize Ghouls Who Peddle Holocaust Artifacts

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

This sordid tale is of far more than academic interest for me: My parents were imprisoned at Auschwitz. I'd be horrified to discover their uniforms advertised on eBay or anywhere else.

A New Contemporary Art Museum in Poland

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

When we think of Poland, our associations are not altogether positive. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow has been attempting to provide the world with some newer, alternative images -- the work of active and internationally-attuned Polish artists.

Krakow's Surprising Autumn Charms

Trish Kinney | Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel
Trish Kinney

Poles place flowers, candles and lanterns on the graves of family, friends and loved ones. By the time darkness falls, the cemeteries are ablaze with light and people.

The "Polish Death Camps" Uproar: Unwarranted Outrage When a Simple Correction Would Have Sufficed

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

The Polish officials' harsh condemnation of President Obama's unintentional reference to the camp as Polish rather than German or Nazi was not just over the top but petty, especially since the President was hardly the first to make such a mistake.

Exploiting the Memory of Child Holocaust Victims Is Obscene

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 03.27.2012 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

My brother and every other child murdered in any genocide deserve to be remembered as fragile flames extinguished in tsunamis of hatred, intolerance and bigotry. Exploiting their memory to score cheap political points is obscene.

Preserving Auschwitz: A Responsibility to our Children

Jacek Kastelaniec | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jacek Kastelaniec

We, the remaining survivors of Auschwitz and the keepers of its memory, urge you to help preserve the physical evidence of Auschwitz and raise awareness to prevent future acts of hatred.

UN Remembers Women and the Holocaust: Courage and Compassion

Kiyotaka Akasaka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kiyotaka Akasaka

As men were deported during the Holocaust, traditional gender roles changed, placing greater responsibilities upon women in the family and community in the ghettos and often making the difference between life and death in the camps.

Holocaust Remembrance, Part 2: Walking in Hell

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lea Lane

In 1995, fifteen years after I had worked on Cecile's story, and fifty years after she had been liberated from Auschwitz, I had the opportunity to follow in her footsteps.

Auschwitz Message In A Bottle Found

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Builders working near the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp have found a message in a bottle written by prisoners, museum officials say....